Introduction to Numerical Analysis I, MATH 5610 (6860), Fall 2008, 8:35-9:25, LCB 225

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Some m-files Here are the m-files I did in class to talk about MatLab. These compute the Euclidean norm for a finite sequence. The first can only handle a sequence of a specific length because it does not exploit MatLab's preferred way to handle data: arrays (vectors and matrices). The second takes a vector of arbitrary length as its argument greatly improving the versatility of the file. This calls out the elements of the vector and treats the vector as a collection of elements. This concides with the psuedo-code of the book. Theses final two use the array entry arithmetic to simplify the code. They treat the sequence, represented as a vector, as a single entity. This makes MatLab very powerful. I encourage you to utilize these techniques for MatLab. However, this is not a MatLab course and you may always treat array formats simply as efficient ways to manage data. You do not need to know how to use MatLAb to simplify the psuedo-code of the text.

Class Example October 6, 2008. Here is the example.

Homework assignments will posted at least one week prior to the due date. Homework assignments allow both you and me to gauge your understanding. It is not sufficient to simply do the assigned problems. You should do as many problems as you can. Solutions to all odd exercises appear at the end of the text.

A number with prefix G is required for students enrolled in MATH 6860.

Homework is due at the beginning of class on the due date. If you type up your homework, you may simply email it to me prior to class.

Course Project

The project due dates are:

  1. B Spline Graphics
  2. Optimal Drug Concentrations (An additional page with more Revised Details. Nov. 10.)
  3. van der Waals Gas Law for Real Gases
  4. The Radar Equation
  5. Surface Interpolation: higher dimensional curve fitting
  6. Wolf-Moose Population Approximation

The peer evaluations are available in .pdf and, if you want to type directly on the form, .doc.


Final Exam
The final exam is Tuesday, December 16, 8:00-10:00 am in LCB 225 (our usual classroom).

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